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A Sociolinguistic Study of Language and Gender in How I Met Your Mother

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Yuan Ding1,*, Qingxiang Li2

1College of Foreign Languages, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, Hebei, China.

2School of Marxism, Tiangong University, Tianjin, China.

*Corresponding author: Yuan Ding

Published: April 4,2023

Abstract

Since language has increasingly used as an effective tool for human communication, it is inevitably featured by gender. There are certain differences between female and male in physiology and psychology, but for a long while, the language differences between female and male have been rarely known. Until the rise of the American women’s Liberation Movement in the last century, concerning language and gender studies have become a heated issue in sociolinguistics and pragmatics gradually. So, in this paper, the author selected 22 episodes of the first season of the American drama How I Met Your Mother and arranges the conversations among them. Then the author analyzed the language differences of female and male from three aspects: adjectives, hedges, interrogative sentences. The results showed that there is obvious difference across the three accepts between female and male. The author hopes that this study can provide empirical help for the study of language differences between female and male.

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How to cite this paper

A Sociolinguistic Study of Language and Gender in How I Met Your Mother

How to cite this paper: Yuan Ding, Qingxiang Li. (2023). A Sociolinguistic Study of Language and Gender in How I Met Your MotherThe Educational Review, USA7(2), 269-273.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/er.2023.02.026